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Latin America’s Relation to the US-China Trade War

China continues to expand its reach into Latin America, as proven with the recent creation of a space mission control station in Argentina. More importantly, China has increased its trade with the region—highlighting the need for the US to do the same in light of the recent US-China trade war. The US should work to foster better trade relations with Latin American countries in order to fortify a strong relationship with its southern neighbors, especially as China increases its Latin American presence.Read more...

An Update on the US and Russia in Syria

Following the historic Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki on July 16th, Russian officials are claiming that the two leaders came to an agreement involving cooperation between the US and Russia in Syria. So far, the US’s only acknowledgement of this agreement is a statement released by the White House stating it was “considering possible next steps.”Read more...

Aiming Towards Africa: An Assessment of Competing Public Diplomacy Strategies

Africa continues to be a priority for U.S. foreign relations – not only because of the security climate, but also because of the growth on the continent. The U.S. has been making progress in increasing its engagement with Africa, but it is not the only major power to do so. Russia and China have also, as of late, been increasingly proactive in their relations with Africa. This series will explore and compare the public diplomacy strategies of China, Russia, and the U.S., assessing who is doing what well, and what we might be able to learn from Chinese and Russian strategies.Read more...

FY2019 Budget Proposal Defunding and Undermining Science

Come October, if the drastic cuts to critical science-related agencies pass, not only will a network of highly educated scientists and professionals be destroyed, but local, state, national, and international efforts to research and prepare for climate change —many of which are already posing a risk to U.S. national security-- will be undermined.Read more...

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